Glassbuild 2012 Show Recap

October 01, 2012

The show is over. All the typical post show activities are underway.  But before we gear up for the next big project it’s time to take a moment to recap this show.  On a scale of 1 to 10, I would have to give the show a 4.  The general consensus from the other exhibitors and a few attendees was that the overall attendance was down.  This surprised me a bit given the location.  Las Vegas is usually a good draw for industrial shows, but not this time.  The late week rush building into the weekend just never developed.  The show in general seemed to be geared toward a more light commercial / residential audience instead of the heavy commercial / industrial audience I was anticipating.  The show was still very focused on glass, but lighter duty applications seemed to dominate the exhibits.

 

Although the traffic was light we did enjoy several interesting and productive discussions.  Thank you to all the attendees that visited our booth.  A number of international attendees from Mexico and Central America stopped by the booth with projects on the horizon.  We received some very insightful feedback on the new V-Series vertical sunshades that were revealed at the show. In case you missed them, here’s the link http://accurateperforating.com/architects/ornamentation/perforated-metal-sunshades. The concept and product were well received and generated a welcome buzz.

We will reserve judgment until our team has time to follow up on the leads generated in more detail, but based on what we have seen so far, we will not be signing up for GlassBuild 2013.  Instead we will pursue other trade shows that are focused on the heavy duty applications that better fit our products and services.

One of the highlights of the show was the fantastic facilities and logistics.  The Las Vegas Convention Center is a great venue for any trade show.  LVCC is a large well maintained facility with a nice food court area or access to restaurants in the LVH hotel and perfect access to the monorail.  Just a note about the monorail, it made getting to and from our hotel a breeze.  A clean, convenient and cost effective mode of transportation was a great addition to the city and the convention center.